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  • 1. Mini Research Project Synthesizing Sources Winter 2008
  • 2. Links
    • index.htm
  • 3. Research Writing (R28)
    • Gather and Interpret factual information from multiple sources
    • Clearly express a thesis statement
    • Organize logically: introduction, body, conclusion
    • Include a Works Cited
  • 4. Using Ideas from Research (R41)
    • Incorporate ideas from other writers into your work through:
      • Direct quotations : use quotation marks and parenthetical citations
      • Paraphrases : use in place of a direct quote; ideas stated in your own words; use parenthetical citations
      • Summaries : use when condensing a large body of information; ideas stated in your own words: use parenthetical citations
  • 5. Avoiding Plagiarism (R41)
    • Give credit for any ideas or opinions that are not your own.
    • Use parenthetical citations
    • Use a Works Cited
  • 6. Preparing a Manuscript (R41)
    • Research Papers Include:
      • Title page
      • Outline
      • Works Cited
  • 7. Your Task
    • See page 47 in the anthology.
    • Write a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay.
      • Read excerpts from two explorers’ firsthand accounts of their ascent of Mount Everest.
      • Discuss the characteristics of each climber.
      • Explain which you would prefer as a climbing partner.
  • 8. Sources
    • from View From the Summit by Sir Edmund Hillary, text pages 28-36.
    • “ The Dream Comes True” from The Tiger of the Snows by Tenzig Norgay with James Ramsey Ullman, texr pages 39-44.
  • 9. Your Task
    • Create a Source Card for each source.
    • Create a Works Cited.
    • Use Parenthetical Citations
    • See the anthology for:
      • Citing Sources: page R42 & R43
      • Works Cited: R42
      • Parenthetical Citations: R42
  • 10. Source Card
    • Source Number
    • MLA Citation
    • Source Location
  • 11. Source Card
    • 1.
    • Hillary, Sir Edmund. View From the Summit . Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Platinum Level . Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2005. 30-36.
    • anthology
  • 12. Works Cited
    • A list of sources referred to in your essay
    • Listed in alphabetical order, based on the first word in the entry
    • Each new entry begins at the margin, with
      • subsequent information from that entry tabbed
    • The entire Works Cited is double spaced.
    • See sample on page R43.
  • 13. Parenthetical Citations
    • Parenthetical Citations:
      • Briefly identify the source from which you’ve taken information
      • Refer the reader to an entry on the Works Cited list
      • Fall outside of the closing quotation mark but within the final punctuation of the sentence
  • 14. Parenthetical Citations
    • For example:
      • “ My boots were frozen solid and I cooked them over the primus stove until they were soft enough for me to pull on” (Hillary 31).
        • Hillary = author’s last name
        • 31 = page number
  • 15. Your Task
    • Create Note Cards for information from the sources that you’ll be using in your essay.
    • All information gleaned from the sources must appear on note cards.
    • Note cards may include:
      • Quotations
      • Paraphrases
      • Summaries
  • 16. Note Cards
    • Topic Source card number
    • Information:
    • Page Numbers
  • 17. Note Card
    • Climbing technique 1.
    • * Information quoted from the text or
    • * Information paraphrased from the text or
    • * Information summarized from the text
    • 31
  • 18. Note Taking
    • Read through the source the first time keeping a glossary of unfamiliar vocabulary.
    • Read through the source again creating note cards relevant to the task.
  • 19. Writing the Thesis Sentence
  • 20. Creating the Outline